UN Secretariat

UN Secretary-General Re-occupies Renovated, Eco-Friendly Offices [viewed]

17 December 2012: The UN has announced that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has re-occupied his usual office in the Secretariat's Headquarters building in New York, US, which is being renovated to improve its environmental performance. 

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DESA Publishes Guidebook on Green Economy Policies, Experiences [viewed]

December 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has published a guidebook on the green economy, the third in a series, offering insights on governments' strategies for implementing a green economy and overcoming challenges related to financing, institutional arrangements, integration and political leadership.

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Event: Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States [viewed]

The Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

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NRF Journal Explores Sustainable Development Scenarios [viewed]

November 2012: Natural Resources Forum (NRF) has issued a special section on sustainable development scenarios. NRF is a quarterly journal published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD).

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Secretary-General's Report and Briefing Provide Update on Oceans Compact [viewed]

12 November 2012: The UN Secretary-General's Oceans Compact was the subject of a briefing held on 12 November 2012, in New York, US. The briefing was hosted by Achim Steiner, Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

9 November 2012: The 67th Session of the UN General Assembly Second Committee convened a two-day dialogue on disaster risk reduction (DRR).  According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), many states made reference to the need for sustainable development to be approached holistically, incorporating DRR.

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UNISDR, UNESCO Convene Retreat on Post-Hyogo Disaster Framework [viewed]

19 November 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened a two-day UN High-Level Retreat to initiate work on a UN strategic plan for disaster risk reduction. Attended by representatives from 20 UN agencies, the Retreat was held from 19-20 November, in Paris, France.

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UNGA President Urges Agreement, Accelerated Progress on SDG Working Group [viewed]

13 November: President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Vuk Jeremić, has called for States to reach consensus on the membership of the working group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a speech to the UNGA Second Committee. He also stressed coordination and complementarity between the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: 20th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN Member States decided in March 2013 to organize the 20th and final session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 20) back-to-back with an inaugural meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).  

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Global Compact, Accenture Release Reports on Business Opportunities for Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

8 November 2012: The UN Global Compact and Accenture have released 19 sectoral reports within the theme of "Sustainable Energy for All: The Business Opportunity." The reports identify priority activities and challenges for businesses to support the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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